FLORIDA THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS' & OWNERS' ASSOCIATION


Why Florida-bred?

From Ocala/Marion County's Thoroughbred farms and training centers, to major bloodstock auctions and the excitement of racing at three racetracks and ITW simulcasting, Florida has it all! 

Florida is home to some 600 Thoroughbred farms and training centers, with more than 75 percent of these located near Ocala in Marion County. Ocala is also home to the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company, which stages major bloodstock auctions throughout the year. OBS also operates an ITW simulcasting theater and each March hosts the annual Week of Champions races.

The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association is also located in Ocala. The FTBOA administers the $15-million state breeders' incentive program and is responsible for promoting the Florida Thoroughbred industry.

The concentration of the Thoroughbred breeding and training industry in the Ocala/Marion County area is strongly supported by a network of equine services, such as veterinarians, feed and tack retailers, blacksmiths, equine dentists, and major horse transportation companies.

All these factors make Ocala one of only four major Thoroughbred breeding and training centers in the world.

A Look at the Equine Industry's Impact on Marion County, Florida

“Horse Capital of the World,”™

Known as the “Horse Capital of the World,”™ Ocala/Marion County is home to Thoroughbred breeding and training farms, covering more than 70,000 acres of Florida’s prime, mineral-rich pastures. Since 1945, Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association (FTBOA) has represented the Thoroughbred industry by administering awards programs for Florida-Bred racehorses and promoting the industry to the rest of the country and the world. More than 1,500 members strong, FTBOA is active in pertinent issues facing the local and national Thoroughbred industries.

Marion Home to Many Breeds

Grow Florida - America’s Thoroughbred Capital: Farther South Than You Think

Ocala/Marion County Statistics*

Thoroughbreds in Ocala/Marion County: Approximately 35,300

Thoroughbred farms/ training centers in Ocala/Marion County area: 431

Acres dedicated to the Thoroughbred industry in Ocala/Marion County: 70,000+

Economic impact of the Thoroughbred industry on Ocala/Marion County: $1.3+ Billion

Investment dollars in farms, training centers, improvements, equipment, storage, breeding, and racing stock in Ocala/Marion County: ** $3.5 Billion

*American Horse Council Study, 2005 ** FTBOA

Additional Florida Industry Resources

NTRA INVESTMENT INCENTIVES RACEHORSE & PROPERTY DEPRECIATION

2015 Seminole Gaming Compact with the State of Florida

2015 Number of Florida Foals Up Again

Equine Industry poised for growth – 2015 American Horse Publications Survey

Economic Impact Studies

2015 CEP Marion County Equine Economic Impact Study

2015 CEP Press Release on Marion County Equine Economic Impact Study

2014 Florida Horse Racing Economic Impact Study

Industry Videos

2015 Florida Thoroughbred Industry Video

A Florida-bred - features 2014 Stakes Winners commercial

Sunny Florida Produces Champions from Start to Finish commercial

Champions Through History

Promoting Florida thoroughbreds Internationally – Ireland Trip 2015

Additional Resources

Elite Equestrian – Economic Impact by the Numbers 2015  

JOCKEY CLUB – Florida Fact Book Resource Guide

Florida breeding on the rise by Cynthia McFarland

Florida Foal Crop up 2nd straight year – Foals of 2013

Florida Remains # 2 in numbers of Stallions, Mares Bred

Florida Champion Roman Brother becomes a Chamber of Commerce memberHome of Champions

Florida’s Thoroughbred farms and training centers have produced 50 National Champions 6 Kentucky Derby winners 7 Preakness Stakes winners 6 Belmont Stakes winners 26 Breeders’ Cup champions 6 Horses of the Year

 
(Left) Florida Champion Roman Brother becomes a Chamber of Commerce member


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